Our scripture this morning is Lamentations 3:20-23.

I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

Jeremiah is often called “the weeping prophet” as he was sent to call out the evil behavior of Israel. He is the author of the book that bears his name as well as Lamentations. As the title indicates, this is a story of grief over sin.

Rebellion, consequence, forgiveness, restoration. This has been our unfortunate pattern of interaction with God since the very beginning. We disobeyed and were sent away from the garden (Genesis 3:23), but God still had a plan and made a way for us.

Because of God’s faithful love, we have hope. Instead of reliving the hurt and being miserable, we can look forward to His forgiveness and healing. We can sing together “Great is thy faithfulness, morning by morning new mercies I see” and know that God is there for us always.

Loving Lord, forgive our willful selfishness and the evil we bring on ourselves. Mend us and send us in Your name that all may know Your love. Amen.

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